During an interview with IMDB earlier this week, Nicholas Sparks, author of The Notebook, revealed that finding someone who wanted to play romantic lead Noah in the movie was much more difficult than expected.
Claiming that the character was essentially a bit of a sap, Sparks said it seemed that all prospective actors failed to see the depth of character that Gosling eventually brought to life.
"It was really interesting because a lot of the actors said, 'Well, whatÃ¢ÂÂs NoahÃ¢ÂÂs arc? ItÃ¢ÂÂs a guy who falls in love and then he just kinda does nothing, and then waits for her to show up and then heÃ¢ÂÂs there and heÃ¢ÂÂs still in love and then at the end of the film, well, heÃ¢ÂÂs still in love. WhereÃ¢ÂÂs the arc?' Ryan Gosling came in and he really brought that story to life."
For his part, Gosling told Company Magazine in 2011 that he was only chosen to play Noah because Hollywood didn't deem him traditionally attractive.
"[Director] Nick Cassavetes called me to meet him at his house. When I got there, he was standing in his backyard, and he looked at me and said, 'I want you to play this role because you're not like the other young actors out there in Hollywood. You're not handsome, you're not cool, you're just a regular guy who looks a bit nuts.'"
Funny then that it was this movie which really catapulted Gosling onto the scene as the next big babe in town. I mean, is it any wonder? Just look at that face:
Source: Huffington Post